Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

Colorblind The Rise of Post Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity It s a great book I highly highly highly recommend it Tavis SmileyIn this powerful follow up to Between Barack and a Hard Place Tim Wise argues against colorblindness and for a deeper color conscio

  • Title: Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity
  • Author: Tim Wise
  • ISBN: 9780872865082
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s a great book I highly, highly, highly recommend it Tavis SmileyIn this powerful follow up to Between Barack and a Hard Place, Tim Wise argues against colorblindness and for a deeper color consciousness in both public and private practice We can only begin to move toward authentic social and economic equity through what Wise calls illuminated individualism a It s a great book I highly, highly, highly recommend it Tavis SmileyIn this powerful follow up to Between Barack and a Hard Place, Tim Wise argues against colorblindness and for a deeper color consciousness in both public and private practice We can only begin to move toward authentic social and economic equity through what Wise calls illuminated individualism acknowledging the diverse identities that have shaped our perceptions, and the role that race continues to play in the maintenance of disparities between whites and people of color in the United States today This is the first book to discuss the pitfalls of colorblindness in the Obama era.

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    1. Tim Wise

      Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti racist writers and activists in the U.S and has been called the foremost white anti racist intellectual in the nation, having spoken in 46 states, and on over 300 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, Cal Tech and the Law Schools at Yale, Columbia, Michigan, and Vanderbilt.From 1999 to 2003, Wise served as an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute and in the early 90s was Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism the group credited by many with the political defeat of white nationalist, David Duke His anti racism efforts have been termed revolutionary by NYU professor and award winning author, Robin D.G Kelley, and have also earned praise from such noted race scholars as Michael Eric Dyson, Kimberl Crenshaw, Derrick Bell, Joe Feagin, Lani Guinier, and Richard Delgado.Tim Wise is now the Director of the newly formed Association for White Anti Racist Education AWARE in Nashville, Tennessee He lectures across the country about the need to combat institutional racism, gender bias, and the growing gap between rich and poor in the U.S Wise has been called a leftist extremist by David Duke, deceptively Aryan looking by a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Uncle Tom of the white race, by right wing author, Dinesh D Souza Whatever else can be said about him, his ability to make the right kind of enemies seems unquestioned.Wise is a featured columnist with the ZNet Commentary program a web service that disseminates essays by prominent progressive and radical activists and educators His writings are taught at hundreds of colleges and have appeared in dozens of popular and professional journals Wise serves as the Race and Ethnicity Editor for LIP Magazine, and articles about his work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle.He has contributed to three recent anthologiesWhen Race Becomes Real Black and White Writers Confront Their Personal Histories Chicago Review Press, Jan 2004 Should America Pay HarperAmistad, 2003 , a compilation of essays concerning slavery and its aftermath and The Power of Non Violence Beacon Press, 2002.


    1. This book debunks the idea of post-racial liberalism. Post-racial liberalism is the idea that we have addressed most of the major racial issues in our society, capped by the election of our first black president, and that appeals to race may be counterproductive to further progress. Instead, the argument goes, social issues are better dealt with in a race neutral context (e.g health care for all, raising the minimum wage, etc.). Certainly, we have made progress in addressing many of the issues r [...]

    2. (6/10) In this book Tim Wise finally decides to step up to the plate and take a swing at Obama, in the most respectful and definitely-not-racist way possible. His thesis here is that Obama represents a trend in liberal thought away from specific attention to racial issues via affirmitive action and such towards what Wise calls "colorblind universalism", which focuses on creating universally beneficial public programs.This is a real phenomenon, and Wise cites a number of influential authors whose [...]

    3. Yes.Tim Wise speaks a real talk that is incredibly accessible, unarguably relevant and extraordinarily necessary. Here, Wise attacks the developing push for a post-racial America, especially by the self-proclaimed liberal left. He levels attacks not only on an ideological front but more importantly from a purely strategic angle, persuasively arguing that meaningful progress with regards to racial disparities requires a race-conscious, not race-neutral, approach.After exploring the rise of post-r [...]

    4. "If you don't know who Tim Wise is, you will after this book." — Mark Anthony Neal, author of New Black Man and Professor of African & African-American Studies at Duke University "With Colorblind, Tim Wise offers a gutsy call to arms. Rather than play nice and reiterate the fiction of black racial transcendence, Wise takes the gloves off: He insists white Americans themselves must be at the forefront of the policy shifts necessary to correct our nation's racial imbalances in crime, health, [...]

    5. Especially compelling in its analysis of Obama's problematic colorblind politics, and an important overall argument substantiated by ample statistical data. Just a little baffled as to why Wise never cites Kendall Thomas' 2002 article "Racial Justice: Moral or Political?" from which most of his main ideas seem derived. I 'd say that's a significant oversight on many levels.

    6. "To begin, if the rhetoric of racial transcendence gives the impression--as it does, almost by definition--that the racial injustices of the past are no longer instrumental in determining life chances and outcomes, it will become increasingly likely that persons seeing significant racial stratification in society will rationalize those disparities as owing to some cultural or biological flaw on the part of those at the bottom of the hierarchy. In other words, racial bias would become almost rati [...]

    7. Not a trivial or simply entertaining read -- what's in it matters very much and requires an effort for some of us to keep an open mind and heart regarding its messages. The statistics and support are compelling, the conclusions and calls to action well reasoned. Now having gained this awareness, I need to work on my own behaviors and watch for leaders who espouse these ideals.

    8. I'll have you know my book has a different subtitle: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat From Racial Equity. No mention of Obama. If it did mention Obama I would have felt more prepared about the attacks on Obama that were brought up from this book during class discussion. I did not completely read the book. It did help me see that I share quite a bit of Obama's post-racial liberalism. Wise makes the argument that we needed to say that health care reform is a black issue. I complete [...]

    9. This book is very educational and insightful. There were a lot of statements and sources mentioned in this book that grabbed my attention. The one that spoke to me the most is this one paragraph that I believe is worth sharing:(view spoiler)[As we know, the United States has long been a nation that prides itself on its commitment to individualism. Individual rights and liberties are enshrined prominently in the Constitution and are meant to facilitate both personal and collective achievement. Th [...]

    10. As a regular reader of Tim Wise, I was excited to pick up his new book AT City Lights during a recent trip to San Francisco. Sadly, I didn't find this text as engaging as some of his previous works. It's not for lack of a good concept - Wise's thesis is that "post-racial liberalism" (as practiced by many democrats, including President Obama) actually moves us further from racial justice than a more color conscious approach (here he calls it "illuminated individualism). Intriguing, right? Yet he [...]

    11. Tim Wise is very convincing in his arguments that we are not ready for colorblindness. The equalities penetrate all areas of our life – education, work, and health policies. We still are facing racial issues throughout life. The author describes the situation and proposes the ways of how to “fix” our society. We have to be aware of our own stereotypes and keep them in check. Tim Wise also discusses that it is really important to teach our children the history of the U.S. and about the role [...]

    12. It is distressing that most of the people who really need to read this book never will and, fundamentally, that explains the prevalence of the flawed post-racial narrative Wise intellectually destroys in this book. The fact of the matter is that most people who do not have to think critically about the consequences of race do not, and they certainly do not take it upon themselves to pursue an understanding of the critical historical context of the race-based social and economic disparities our s [...]

    13. This book is for anyone who cares about living in a more just and racially equitable society. Wise does a masterful job of pulling together hundreds of social-psychological and sociological studies that illustrate the ongoing signficance of race in shaping lives and life chances. The book is organized around four aspects of social life - housing, education, health care, and employment - where racial disparities are most glaring. Wise convincingly argues why the "post-racial" and "colorblind" nar [...]

    14. This is not Wise's strongest work. It seems there's a trend with writers who do social science. Once they begin to get publicity, they start churning stuff out every two years; unfortunately, much of the stuff is recycled old work. This is the case with Colorblind.Wise rehashes the basic arguments of why white people are privileged, why racism still exists, etc. And while this is necessary if this book is given to someone who's never been introduced to these basic concepts, for his readers who a [...]

    15. Tim Wise's critique of the modern color-blind solutions to racism is extremely insightful and eyeopening, though disjointed and sometimes rambling in its presentation. The color-blind argument is that if we address "bigger" issues such as poverty, drug abuse, and education, racism will eventually disappear. A well known example is President Obama's Democratic National Convention Speech, in which he said, "There is not a black America and a white America - there's the United States of America." [...]

    16. I thought this book was incredible. I have heard Tim Wise speak once before during college and I have heard about his work through word of mouth but this was the first book I decided to read of his. I found it compelling, well-researched, thoughtful, and above all else practical. I appreciated his deep analysis of the fallacy of post-racial liberalism and how we must on the one hand address structural change but at the same time develop what he calls illuminated individualism. I also appreciated [...]

    17. I was interested in reading this book after watching Tim Wise on YouTube. He is clearly a dynamic speaker and a very thoughtful academic. The book itself is a bit academic and dry, but thought-provoking. His central premise is counter-intuitive, that color-blindness (ignoring race) itself leads to unfairness because it ignores both historic and present-day disparate treatment. In its place, he suggests a form of race-conscience individualism, recognizing that someone is both an individual and a [...]

    18. Illuminating book and a fairly quick read. Tim Wise is a gifted writer, presenting logical arguments that are easy to follow.By taking a color-conscious approach, the author shines a light on modern-day racism found in employment, housing, education and health care. Over and over he proves that being black in America has its own set of risks unique to the United States.Throughout the book, Wise makes a strong case against the myth of racial transcendence, asserting that "When it comes to race, w [...]

    19. Does a great job of putting to bed the idea that we live in a post-racial country, in spite of the fact that we elected a black president. The book spends a great deal of time showing empirically the effects of both historical, legal racism and contemporary, subversive racism. It advocates for race-based reform in addition to socioeconomic-based measures. The last quarter of the book offers some concrete suggestions to working toward a more equal society. I strongly recommend it to anybody inter [...]

    20. Wise is extremely redundant. It makes me wonder if ran out of material after the previous book, or is it because we need to hear this message many times? My only criticism so far- I think he is too harsh on Obama. Obama would have never been elected in to office without belittling the issue of racism in America. Wise should focus more on that (the additional challenge of being a minority in politics) than how Obama "chooses" to skirt around the issue. I see Obama more as a victim of racism than [...]

    21. This non-fictional piece was very insightful and powerful. Tim Wise is right on target when he speaks of "White Privilege." After reading the book, I downloaded some relevant podcast with Tim lecturing. He is an inspirational speaker. I was moved and inspired. This book is useful and a good read for anyone, white or black who is interested in understanding race relations in America. They have it at ibooks as well. I just happen to still like holding and annotating in my books::::))))))).

    22. This book took me a long time to read, but I think it's because there was so much to take in and think about even though it wasn't an overly academic-type of read. Wise helps clarify and make accessible some pretty tough and complex issues that are extremely relevant. I would definitely need to read this again. Too bad I borrowed a friend's copy - I think I would have underlined and marked up a lot of things.

    23. Tim Wise does a fantastic job of laying out the reasons for why we should abandon the concept of 'colorblind.' He spends quite a lot of time on health care in the African American population and the ways in which discrimination manifests into illness. Then he lays out his vision of adopting color-conscious policies and approaches to hiring, health care, education, and housing. His vision of illuminated individualism is insightful and brilliant.

    24. Well worth reading to challenge your own assumptions about racism. This should be mandatory reading for anyone in a position where they can influence public or company policy on recruitment and racism. It very anchored in the US, so readers in other countries may want to supplement with local authors on the same topics.

    25. Great companion to his first book analyzing Race "in the age of Obama" Here he goes more in-depth into the form of post Racial liberalism Obama has employed as President and why it is a problem. What makes this book the most refreshing is that he gives practical solutions to actually fixing the issue of "colorblindness"

    26. Finally re-read and actually finished this book. Feel the first chapter is the strongest but overall it's good. Not very long though so don't expect much in depth analysis. Some interesting strategies offered in the final chapter too. Good point that if we wait for the government to lead change hell will freeze over first.

    27. Phenomenal book! I read this for my Critical Thinking course. Tim Wise is a brilliant public speaker and a incredible writer on the subject of racism and privilege. All of his claims are backed up by at least 300 sources. A must read for anyone who is interested in tackling racism and bigotry.

    28. This book was a little harder for me to get through than some of his other books, but the message is real and needed - racial prejudices and inequality still exists in the US today, and bold actions and steps must be taken if we hope to overcome it.

    29. I had some problems with Wise's presentation, but his premise is compelling and worthy. No need to criticize President Obama to the extent Wise does--and it's his second book on this topic in one year.

    30. as always, wise lands exactly the right amount of info to be able to perfectly remember every statistic. amazing, easy to read, probably the single book i would demand everyone in the country read if i had a choice.

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